Aerosols in the High Arctic

In July the ViDEL headed to the High Arctic again to explore viral ecology in the vicinity of Ward Hunt Island. This year, the team consisted of Catherine Girard, a Sentinel North post doctoral fellow who joined the team in January, Yukiko Tanabe, a researcher from the National Institute of Polar Research of Japan, Denis Sarrazin, field work coordinator for the Center of Northern Studies, Elise Imbeau, a masters student in Milla Rautio's lab at UQAC, and Alex Culley. As well as continuing previous work investing viral ecology in the Ward Hunt Lake catchment, we collected samples to investigate the diversity of viruses in aerosols in collaboration with Caroline Duchaine at UL.

Stuckberry Lakes

Weeks after graduating from UL, Catherine Marois, a new member of the ViDEL, packed her bags and headed to Stuckberry Point on the northern coast of Ellesmere Island to explore microbial diversity. The team, led by Dermot Antoniades, a professor in the Geography Department, was interested in describing the paleolimnology in a sequence of four lakes of different ages.

Back from the High Arctic

Another High Arctic field season in the books! Although we were able to get in and out of Ward Hunt exactly as planned, while on the island, an endless incursion of fog from the North restricted our helicopter time (an unsurprising, albeit disappointing turn of events). Nevertheless, the show went on, thanks to a veteran field team and great support from Parks Canada and PCSP.